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Is There a Way to Gauge the Care and Support a Senior with Alzheimer’s Receives, Especially When Memory Loss Is Significant?

A senior has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s will be going through many challenges. As the disease progresses, the signs and symptoms will become much more significant. There will come a time when that senior has difficulty keeping track of not just what’s been going on throughout the day, but who their family and friends are, where they are, and much more.

Alzheimer's Care in Galion OH: Gauging Care and Support

Alzheimer’s Care in Galion OH: Gauging Care and Support

It might seem difficult to even understand whether or not an aging senior with Alzheimer’s is getting appropriate care.

Family and friends are often the first to step up and help in times of need. It might be a spouse or adult child. It could be a friend who lives in the same town. It might even be a neighbor who wants to do whatever he or she can to be of assistance.

Far too often, though, these family caregivers just don’t have any prior experience supporting somebody with dementia. They don’t understand exactly how things will progress. They worry about their elderly father, for example, suddenly waking up one day and not recognizing them or hear about the possibility this aging senior could become hostile and belligerent, saying incredibly awful things to others, hurting them emotionally and maybe even physically by throwing things or lashing out.

When the memory related challenges become more intense, it’s that much more difficult for those around him or her to really understand whether they’re getting the right level of support and care. So, how can family determine this?

First and foremost, through the experience of a dedicated home care aide.

Home care, especially experienced support through an agency, is one of the best options for those dealing with Alzheimer’s or some other type of dementia. A home care aide who has been doing this job for several years will likely have worked with numerous seniors diagnosed with some form of dementia. These experienced professionals will be able to not only lay the foundation for as high a quality of life as possible, but to provide insight into how good or lacking the support has been to this point in time.

Overall support is also essential.

If an aging senior is relying on a spouse or adult child for only a couple of hours throughout the day and they have to be on their own most of the rest of the time, that is not going to be nearly enough support as the disease progresses. It is an overwhelming challenge and home care aides can provide supplemental support to the primary family network. When somebody is dealing with Alzheimer’s, it’s crucial to be aware of the value home care agencies offer as well as the vitality of a strong network of family and friends remaining there when possible.

If you are considering hiring Alzheimer’s care in Galion, Ohio, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.

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Tracy Clark

Tracy Clark

Tracy began working for Star Multi Care as the Administrator of the Mansfield, Ohio office in March, 2012. In January, 2014 she was relocated to Florida to assume the role as Branch Administrator of the Pembroke Pines and subsequently the Home Health Liaison until coming back to Ohio in June, 2015. Prior to working at Star Multi Care, Tracy attended Marion Technical School for Business Administration and served as a United States Army Medic during Desert Shield. However, her true life’s work was awakened while spending 12 years in the long term care and assisted living arena. She quickly learned that assisting older adults was a passion that could not be denied. Tracy takes pride in being able to meet with each of her clients upon admission. Getting to know each of them enables her to personalize the care they receive and to direct her staff to ensure they receive the highest quality of care. In addition to her role as Home Health Liaison, Tracy has always been active in her community. She has served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board as Secretary, is a Certified Salvation Army National Disaster Responder, one of 1500 Specialists in 50 states to complete Mather LifeWays “PREPARE” training which trains professionals to address the medical and psychosocial needs of elderly residents affected by emergency situations, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Clinical Care Specialist Program at Madison Adult Career Center and is a member of various professional organizations throughout southeast Florida.
Tracy Clark

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